Our first Aboriginal Prime Minister

Last year at a screening of all 77 or so Heritage Minutes, one stood out. It’s the one where a Chinese man volunteers to place explosives while building the railroad. Most others generated some sort of audience reaction, but for that one – silence. Our dark Canadian history is not often evident. That video was ...

Sunday sight: Trail Capital of Canada 1

When I travelled to PEI’s Green Gables as a teen what struck me is that it looked nothing like I’d imagined. Instead of the Avonlea countryside in the Anne of Green Gables’ films, there was a golf course nearby. This weekend, ventured out to Uxbridge, ON which is officially designated the Trail Capital of Canada with its 220 ...

Sunday sight: Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is an experience that never grows old. Had never really explored Brooklyn though so today stopped for pizza at Grimaldi’s under the bridge (differentiates itself from Manhattan by only offering pies – signs say “no slices”) at that original location. Also explored the nearby waterfront and park. And of course, there’s some ...

How do you pronounce Québec?

I was 19 or 20 before I realized the song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” might have French in it. “Que” en français isn’t “kay.” In fairness, “que” doesn’t have an obvious anglo sound. But as someone who learned French before English, until the lyrics were spelled out, the connection to French didn’t occur to ...

Your personality must match your city

Yesterday was exactly four years since I moved to Toronto from Edmonton. Traditional gifts for four year anniversaries are fruit, flowers, linens or silk depending on where you’re from. Instead this week I got a family of raccoons (a mama and three newborn babies moved into a spare bedroom). Fortunately after I called backup, we had them safely evicted ...

Sunday sight: Waterfall on the East Coast Trail

Getting lost in Newfoundland last weekend was actually quite serendipitous. Forgot my GPS device and my cell provider doesn’t work in rural parts, but I managed to stumble upon part of the East Coast Trail in the Irish Loop near Port Kirwan. The East Coast Trail runs over 500 kms in Newfoundland and this is ...

How Bruce Jenner’s interview hit home

I hadn’t planned to watch Diane Sawyer’s interview last night with Bruce Jenner, but a flight I was supposed to be on got fogged in overnight, so I found myself in front of a TV when it aired.  Towards the end of the interview Sawyer asked Jenner if she was in her shoes, what would she ...

What’s the WestJet video secret?

We’re very fortunate in the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies #digitaledu community to be able to bring in guests to explore some of the best social and digital work out there. March 18, Greg Hounslow of WestJet paid us a visit to talk about their Blue Santa video trilogy, with which the 2013 video scored them three ...

I still think I am

While travelling recently I shared with someone that it seemed like the universe was completely helping me out because I wasn’t paying attention. My name was called out over the speaker at both my departure and destination airports for different reasons and strangers did things you usually don’t see like help zip up a bag. ...

Sunday sight: The Titanic Story

Near the bottom of Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland is the Johnson Geo Centre. Signal Hill is a National Historic site with stunning views of St. John’s harbour. Of course, some few hundreds of miles off its coast sunk the Titanic on April 15, 1912. (Interesting bit: In addition to its military history of battles between ...